URGENT UPDATES RE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Latest Update:

30th March 2020 - Please can anyone who needs support for Keyworker children to allow them to work, let us know ASAP!  We are reviewing staffing this week and have cover for the next 2 weeks but after this time without understanding requirements we cannot plan forward and may have to close.  Obviously we need to remain as safe as possible and will have to close if ratios are not adequate.  So please contact us on janette@candystripeinc.co.uk with any info about your requirements ASAP.  Many thanks - Anna 

25th March 2020 Letter to parents from the Director COVID-19.pdf

Previous updates below:

Letter to parents from the Director COVID-19.pdf

Update 10.00am 20/3/20

New guidance has been released please ooen link below regarding key worker staff list.

New Guidance Key Workers Family Info Services LCC_20th_March_2020.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions-parents last updated 19th March @ 21.30.pdf

Collection protocol COVID-19 for email.pdf

Other useful links to read:

 Keyworkers list:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Info for parents on closure of educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

We have no cases of Covid-19 in any of our settings to date. We do have some staff on isolation but nothing confirmed related to the virus.  This is to ensure any vulnerable staff are protected immediately.

We have spoken to all the schools to let them know we can still offer wrap around care to some parents on a reduced basis for out of school hours to emergency personnel and key workers.  All care will be at the Cottage site in Chapel Allerton.  We can also offer full day support on a reduced basis and prices will be lower than normal to support parents.  Please read our FAQs page in a link below to support you and contact us on email with your requirements if any.

To get the process started if you need support please email your needs to janette@candystripeinc.co.uk we are planning the coming months today and tomorrow - there will be support as long as we are vigilant and if any cases are confirmed closure will be enforced.

Information and further guidance below:

We will be running temperature checks on all children before entering our care.  If temperatures are 38 degrees or more they will not be accepted on site.  More guidance and a full protocol is being written by our safeguarding co-orindator and will be made available to you soon.

As you know, the government announced that the U.K. has announced school closures and further isolation measures.

The worldwide situation is changing daily and we are all trying to stay calm , healthy and to do our jobs in the face of that. We are doing our very best in incredibly difficult circumstances.

We are facing the decision of what to do for the best as these times are unprecedented.

Do we open to support parents and children which could be a potential health risk to them and our staff to provide support for parents trying to get through to work and earn important money for their families? Or do we close to protect all?

We have already started the process of assessment to review the correct direction. However, we need to continue this process in order to firstly care for our staff and calculate who is vulnerable or those who have vulnerable family and friends involved.  So, we have started this with all 44 staff and will have more clear view of what we can offer then we will marry this with the needs of our parents and carers and then come up with a solution made to measure.

So if you are a customer we need to know from you what our parents and carers needs are so we can include this in our offer.  Once this is completed, we will be able to put together our offer to support. All of which needs to have health and safety at the centre of what we offer.

So bear with us and email us your needs and we will endeavour support you in whatever way we can Email janette@candystripeinc.co.uk.

For those parents missing out on before and after school care we are reviewing rebates to support you please don’t stop your current payments yet.  Your accounts will all be reviewed over the coming weeks and you will hear from us about how your fees will change.  We have no idea how long this closure to out of school care will be so bear with us in finding out how we tackle this aspect.

Lots to do and your patience is key.  A frequently asked questions sheet will be added to this page so you can get some answers.  If you don’t get the answer you need please email Janette or me.  You can call but please remember we have over 600 customers all wanting answers so I ask you to be patient and email us so we can deal with each case one at a time.

We have already stopped taking party bookings and worked with parents to consider changes to current ones ongoing; most have been postponed and no new bookings on the horizon.

Welcome to Candystripe!

Please call 0113 268 9443 there is an automated phone directory please press:

1 - to speak to the Cottage staff where they look after children in nursery, St Matthews, Immaculate Heart, St Urbans and Chapel Allerton

2 - to speak to accounts, the admin team or make party bookings

3 - to speak to staff at the Church who look after children from Immaculate Heart, Moortown and Gledhow

4 - to speak to staff at Talbot

5 - to speak to staff at St Pauls

or press 6 to speak to the Director about any safeguarding concern or emergency.

You can also email your enquiry to info@candystripeinc.co.uk or email via our contact page.

Bookings are now being taken for the all holidays

Prices are currently £30/29 (please provide lunch) and nursery playscheme £36.50 inc lunch . These change from 1st July 2020 to £33/31 and £38.50 for nursery.

Book now to avoid disappointment by emailing info@candystripeinc.co.uk or Janette@candystripeinc.co.uk

PLAYSCHEME TRIPS OUT

We are offering Trips out during playschemes which will always have a separate schedule only to be viewed in the setting on the notice board in reception.  Please ask at reception to make a booking for any trip listed.

These trips are booked on a first come first served basis and must be paid for in full on booking. The schedule is now live and a copy is in the holiday playscheme menu for reference.  Please book in reception only and make cull payment for any trips requested.

If you don't get chance to book into the trips more trips will be reviewed and offered if we are able to do so. We apologise now if you feel it is difficult to get a place and we will endeavour to be as fair as possible.

Who are we?..........

We present a new concept in childcare dedicated to children and parents.  

The Candystripe concept was born in 2000 with the aim to provide the local community with affordable childcare provision all under one roof. Being a local business woman and a working mum Anna truly understood and empathized with parents needs for a safe, stimulating, challenging and happy environment in which they can leave their children whether they are 2 years or 14 years old.

Candystripe.inc is built on strong partnerships between all the staff working within the company. Together they strive to provide childcare solutions for the community.

As a customer of Candystripe you can expect to leave your children in a safe, clean and learning environment. Our staff will be knowledgeable and helpful.

Candystripe.inc Ltd's safeguarding policy is stringent and firmly instilled in all the staff and children as paramount to our success.  Ask for details about our safeguarding policies and speak to our safeguarding managers in each setting.  The details of these people will be listed on our notice boards on each site.

How do I get a place for my child in Out of School or Nursery?

You can email us and we will send you our re-registration letter which explains what to do.  Or you can call us to discuss your requirements on 0113 268 9443 and follow the directory list to get to the person you need to talk to.

Dependent on what school you are successful in gaining you will need to visit the relevant out of school club for that school to register. 

  • St Matthews - The Cottage behind the Toby Carvery
  • Immaculate Heart - The Cottage or Lidgett Park Church
  • St Urbans - The Cottage behind the Toby Carvery
  • Moortown - Lidgett Park Church
  • Talbot - on site at the school
  • Gledhow - Lidgett Park Church
  • Chapel Allerton - The Cottage behind the Toby Carvery
  • Whinmoor St Paul's - onsite in bungalow

Once you have found the relevant site go on down and register your place.  Don't forget to get a receipt for your application and this will link to your place on the waiting list.  There is a registration fee of £20  per family or £30 for Talbot, if you are an excisting customer this is redused to £10 and £20.

You can register by calling Janette on 0113 268 9443 option 2 to run through digital registration and this gives you chance to ask all your questions or come into the relevant setting to register.

If your school is not mentioned please call us as we may be able to help you.

Read more about our daycare, out of school or parties.

Contact us on 0113 268 9443 or info@candystripeinc.co.uk